Families farewell club
AFTER a combined 29 years of family involvement with the Collegians club, Regan McNicol and Brodie Murphy will play the last junior games for their families in today’s under-16 rugby league grand final against Goondiwindi at Platz Oval, Clifton.
Brendan McNicol was the first of four brothers to play for Collegians 16 years ago and Dan Murphy lined up for the first time 13 years ago.
The youngest boys in the families will be seeking a third successive premiership today.
In 2008, Regan captained Collegians which beat Goondiwindi in the U14 grand final. Last season, both played in an U16 grand final win against Eastern Suburbs.
Today, Brodie is captain and Regan vice-captain in the grand final against Goondiwindi.
Collegians went down 32-26 in the major semi-final and then beat Suburbs 46-28 in the preliminary final.
“It was an advantage to play last weekend,” Brodie said.
“Goondiwindi has a strong set of backs and hooker Andrew Mullins is quick out of dummy half.”
As the Collegians second rowers, the leaders realise they have some responsibility to stop Mullins.
“Collegians centres Jack Breen and Dale Coombes and fullback Mark Steketee are three of our key players in attack,” they said.
Brodie’s father Mark is Collegians coach.
While today’s game is their last for Collegians, they may do some junior coaching one day.
Next season, both will join the Cowboys.
TEAM: Mark Steketee, Jacob Hoffman, Dale Coombes, Jack Breen, John Brennan, Billy Sullivan, Shau Hall, Dalton Russell, Callum Miller, Brock Eastwell, Brodie Murphy, Regan McNicol, Callum Freeman, Michael Watt, Josh Roche, Jake Keogh, Gbinda Yabuku, Adam Saunders, Brook Croft, Craig Donn.